Protection of employees from wood dust is the primary health and safety concern in the wood processing industry. Significant exposure can occur at all stages of the process from logging through to product manufacturing and wood waste processing. A thorough and well-designed wood dust testing program is invaluable in achieving effective protection of employees.
React has extensive experience in monitoring woods dust in wood processing industries and we have helped our clients to achieve effective control in:
Dermal exposure check
Wood waste processing
Employees’ exposure to wood dust can be effectively controlled through the use of appropriately designed ventilation systems or respiratory protection. Good general ventilation can also reduce exposure to wood dust. However knowing where the most significant exposures to wood dust occur is essential to the overall control strategy.
Your business can benefit from a comprehensive wood dust monitoring program which typically involves:
Employees’ wood dust exposure monitoring
Assessment of existing engineering and organisational control measures
Employees interaction with local exhaust ventilation
Respiratory protection suitability
Requirements for health surveillance
Local ventilation may not be practical for some operations and in some cases the concentration of wood dust in the air cannot be adequately controlled by ventilation alone. In such cases respiratory protection may be needed.
Exposure to dust in the workplace can cause a variety of serious health issues, including lung cancer, silicosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD) and asthma.